Nearly seven months after his arrest on a breaking and entering charge and two months after agreeing to a plea deal of misdemeanor trespassing, Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell has been reinstated to the football team.
Journell, who had been suspended indefinitely from the team following his arrest just before the Sugar Bowl, was allowed back on the team Friday by athletic director Jim Weaver.
The kicker’s reinstatement was effectively immediately and he’ll face no additional suspension.
“Cody has fulfilled all of the obligations in conjunction with his suspension and is back as an active member of the team,” said Weaver, who was in charge of the reinstatement process.
In late December, Journell and two others were charged with breaking and entering, a felony, after allegedly entering the house of basketball player Dorenzo Hudson and his roommate, seeking to retrieve stolen marijuana, according to court testimony. One of them had an air gun, which elevated the charge to a felony.
Journell spent nearly a week in jail before being released on a $100,000 secured bond.
Per University Policy 1035, student-athletes charged with a felony are suspended until the charge is dismissed or otherwise resolved.
Journell missed the Hokies’ 23-20 Sugar Bowl loss to Michigan as a result, a game that was decided by a missed field goal in overtime.
Journell accepted a plea agreement in Montgomery County District Court in May and was found guilty of a reduced charge of misdemeanor trespassing, being sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service.
“Cody was at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people,” Journell’s lawyer Jimmy Turk said at the hearing. “He’s happy to have it behind him.”
Journell could not be reached for comment Friday.
The return of the redshirt junior from Ripplemead is a boost for Virginia Tech’s kicking game. Journell was 14-for-17 on field goals last year and 43-for-44 on extra points in his first year as the starter.
A trio of players — Conor Goulding, Michael Branthover and Ethan Keyserling — rotated kicking duties in the spring, although none has attempted a field goal in a college game before.